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George Frideric Handel - The Masterworks [30CDs] (2009)

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George Frideric Handel - The Masterworks [30CDs] (2009)

George Frideric Handel - The Masterworks (30CDs) [2009]
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 8.52 Gb | Total time: 31:26:48 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 478 1190 | Recorded: 1959-2002

Celebrate the 250th anniversary of Handel's death with this impressive box set. 30-CD box set of the composer's most celebrated works–including the Royal Fireworks and Water Music, The Messiah, concerti grossi and much more! Featuring conductors Sir Neville Marriner, Christopher Hogwood, Trevor Pinnock, Mark Minkowski and others. Performances by the Gabrielli Players, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, English Baroque Soloists and others.

John Eliot Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists, Monteverdi Choir - Mozart: Great Mass in C minor (1987)

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John Eliot Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists, Monteverdi Choir - Mozart: Great Mass in C minor (1987)

John Eliot Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists, Monteverdi Choir - Mozart: Great Mass in C minor (1987)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 229 Mb | Total time: 53:26 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Philips | # 420 210-2 | Recorded: 1986

Writers on Mozart sometimes take him to task for the alleged mixture of style in the C minor Mass, in particular the use of florid, 'operatic' solo writing amidst all the severe ecclesiastical counterpoint. To object is to misunderstand the nature of Mozart's religion, but it takes a performance as stylistically accomplished as this one to make the point in practice. The usual stumbling-block is the 'Et incarnatus', with its richly embellished solo line and its wind obbligatos. Sung as it is here, by Sylvia McNair, beautifully refined in detail, it's indeed passionate, but passionately devout.

Andrew Davis, The London Philharmonic - Rossini: Ermione (2006/1995)

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Andrew Davis, The London Philharmonic - Rossini: Ermione (2006/1995)

Andrew Davis, The London Philharmonic - Rossini: Ermione (2006/1995)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano (Dolby AC3, 2 ch) | 7.05 Gb (DVD9) | 138 min
Classical | NVC Arts | Sub.: English, Deutsch, Espanol, Francais, Italiano, Portugues

Recorded at Glyndebourne’s superb new opera house, this lavishly praised production of Rossini’s forgotten and unusual tragic opera has proved to be an unequivocal success. Based on Racine’s Andromaque, this account of the Greek and Trojan love tangle has been set by Graham Vick in the classically-inspired auditorium of an Italian opera house, rather than in ancient Greece. The set designs, with their striking colours, forms and lighting are as if created especially for the small screen.

Peter Neumann, Kolner Kammerchor, Collegium Cartusianum - Mozart: Masses [5CDs] (2000)

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Peter Neumann, Kolner Kammerchor, Collegium Cartusianum - Mozart: Masses [5CDs] (2000)

Peter Neumann, Kölner Kammerchor, Collegium Cartusianum - Mozart: Masses [5CDs] (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.48 Gb | Total time: 5:43:44 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | # 5 61769 2 | Recorded: 1988, 1990

As for the Masses, Mozart kept to the traditional plan in six sections (Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Benedictus, Agnus Dei), even when the inpression is that the sections are more numerous (as many as 21 in the "Orphanage" Mass), it is actually a matter of sub-sections, of varying number according to the requirements of the particular work, including famous and impressive settings of the 'Laudamus te' and 'Et incarnatus est'.

Donato Renzetti, London Philharmonic Orchestra - Rossini: Le Comte Ory (2008)

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Donato Renzetti, London Philharmonic Orchestra - Rossini: Le Comte Ory (2008)

Donato Renzetti, London Philharmonic Orchestra - Rossini: Le Comte Ory (2008)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Francais (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 142 min | 7,01 Gb (DVD9)
Classical | Label: NVC ARTS | Sub: English, Deutsch, Espanol, Francais, Italiano, Portugues | Recorded: 1997

Glyndebourne’s intimate opera house provides the perfect setting for Rossini’s third French opera, a sparkling medieval comedy of lust and chastity. Jérôme Savary brings out all the verve and excitement of this rarely heard score.

David Parry, Philharmonia Orchestra, Renée Fleming - Donizetti: Rosmonda d'Inghilterra [1996]

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David Parry, Philharmonia Orchestra, Renée Fleming - Donizetti: Rosmonda d'Inghilterra [1996]

David Parry, Philharmonia Orchestra, Renée Fleming - Donizetti: Rosmonda d'Inghilterra [1996]
EAC (flac, image, cue, log) | TT: 77.55+72.39 | Covers | 630 Mb
Classical | Opera Rara | # ORC13 | Rec: 1996

Nelly Miricioiu and Renée Fleming, as Eleanor of Aquitaine and the fair Rosamund, battle for the love of Bruce Ford (Henry II of England) in one of Donizetti’s more intimate serious works. A cholera epidemic in 1837 prevented the performance of the revised ending – given here complete for the first time – in which the jealous Eleanor stabs her rival. 'The performance could hardly be improved. … Renée Fleming … one of the most lovely voices to be hearde in our time' (John Steane, The Gramophone)

Simon Preston, Choir of Westminster Abbey and Orchestra - Handel: Dixit Dominus; Nisi Dominus; Salve Regina (1989)

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Simon Preston, Choir of Westminster Abbey and Orchestra - Handel: Dixit Dominus; Nisi Dominus; Salve Regina (1989)

Simon Preston, Choir of Westminster Abbey and Orchestra - Handel: Dixit Dominus; Nisi Dominus; Salve Regina (1989)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 285 Mb | Total time: 56:22 | Scans included
Classical | Label: ARCHIV Produktion | # 423 594-2 | Recorded: 1988

The composition is a tour de force, written by Handel at the age of 22 to showcase his skill in choral music – which this recording certainly does. Outstanding historically informed performance led by Simon Preston. Of particular note: an inspired rendering of the soprano duet "De Torrente" by Diana Montague and the legendary Arleen Augér.